Saturday, November 14, 2009

Six Word Saturday

The Leaves are Nearly Gone Now
I can see farther in the distance now thanks to the absence of leaves. But I miss them already and will hope for their speedy return in the Spring.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009


One of my favorite paper arts magazine is Somerset Studio and other publications from their publisher Stampington and Company. In one of the recent issues of one of them I came upon a book someone had made using vintage photos that had been altered. I decided I wanted to do the same thing. Since I had several of them for sale in my antique shop I just went out and "bought" them from myself.

Today I am showing you six of the ones I did. But I plan to do more and then bind them into a book using my Bind it All machine from Zutter Innovative Products. In the meantime I am storing them in a neat old cigar box.

So here are my first attempts.

This young lady seems to be quite thoughtful so added a small word taken from a magazine, I think, and then used a very vintage paper for the background and some equally vintage silk ribbon wandering around the edge.

I decide some humor was in order for this serious lady..... So I added a saying "I used to be Snow White but I drifted." Then I gave her a "flower hat" and added some flower stickers as well.
Here is a typically prim lady. The sayings on the picture are "giggle every day" and "adjust your attitude. " I added some yarn as trim around the edges of the pictures and a couple of vintage velvet blossoms for some added color.
This isn't a photo but I liked it. The edging on the picture was already there. I added the flowers.
This fellow had "flair" and so "needed" a butterfly bow tie and some wine in the form of the sign from a wine box.
And here are a couple of cuties in a picture called the Bird Catchers. I thought the purple trim on the top sort of resembled a bird's nest.
AND so that is the first part of my "fun." I am off to work on some different projects now but will get back to these in a couple of weeks I am sure. Just have to find some more pictures. Check back next Thursday to see what I am working on now.

Monday, November 9, 2009


As I promised two Monday's ago, here are pictures of my MAKE for GSOLFOT. I made this for Gail who I know is a VERY busy lady. You are now going to meet Mr. Moore Thyme. He will be there to help her out when she needs more time. At least that is the plan.

And here he is.

In case you are wondering, his face is an old watch face. The basket is filled with more watch faces. His arms and legs are watchbands. Oh, and his tie is made from an earring... no kidding. I had so much fun creating him. I do a lot of altered art so have a good supply of embellishments in my studio. It made this so much easier.

Last week I showed pictures of rooms I need to work on, in my 1/12 scale doll house. I did get a bit done this week though still a lot more to go. I bought rugs, a cabinet, painted the walls and added a wall paper border. My wonderful friend Sally is making a mirror for the room. I still need to finish trim on the door, make curtains, and find a few more things for the walls. But it is getting there.
And it is easier than doing a real room.


Tune in to Mini Monday next week for more updates.

And be sure to check in on Artful Thursday this week to see what I am doing in my artist classes.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

My Herb Garden is trying to get thte best of me.............

This is a VERY embarrassing picture of my herb garden out of control. The weather was lousy for the most part this summer, we did a lot of traveling and I had other things I would rather do so I let this get out of hand. (Those are my excuses and I am sticking to them.) Now I did harvest when I wanted something like chives, thyme, sage and so on. But for some reason I never cut back the herbs I did not harvest. And lots of grassy weeds got in as well. So I have learned my lesson as I tried, yesterday to get it back into some sort of order.

Well I did get a start but I had neglected it for so long, the weeding part, not the harvesting, that It will no doubt take more than one day of work. Here are a couple of pictures of after the major weeding. I still have a lot more work to do. But some may wait until the spring to see what survives and what to replace and add.

The bushy looking herb is Southern Wood, something I like to hang in my closets. It is a great moth preventive and smells so much better than those camphor balls. I harvest some yesterday and will do more today probably. I am so thankful that the weather is good today. Temps should be in mid 60s which means I won't mind spending time out there.

Here are three of the herbs I did harvest yesterday. Parsley, Sage and Southernwood. The parsley is about done for the year. I put it in a glass of water and put it in the refrigerator. From past experience I know this will make it last longer if I change the water often.

The sage is hanging up to dry now and should be ready for Thanksgiving, hope you agree Amanda.

My chives are still doing fine though I pruned them quite a bit. I should be able to get a few more meals from them.
The Southernwood will go up in one of our closets. And I will harvest the rest of it today to hang in another closet